Ever since the press conference on October 18th last year, anticipation for The Stone Roses gigs has been incredible (the first 150,000 tickets sold out in 14 minutes). Following the first gig played by the original lineup since June 1990 at Warrington Parr Hall on Wednesday May 23rd and in anticipation of the first set of gigs at Heaton Park at the end of June, Manchester Photographic Gallery are pleased to be hosting an exhibition of Stone Roses phot0graphs ~ ‘Set In Stone’. This special collection of many unseen Stone Roses pictures, taken by photographer Ian Tilton, will be exhibited and put on sale from 31st May until 31st July 2012.
Ian Tilton has captured The Stone Roses in his lens more than any other photographer, ranging from the first time in his studio in Chorlton, Manchester in November 1987 right up until their last gig with the original line up in June 1990 at Glasgow Green, just a few days after the notorious Spike Island gig. For almost two years Ian was their exclusive photographer. Ian not only championed the Roses in their early days, he was the first to tour with and photograph many iconic bands in their rise to fame including Nirvana, Guns N Roses, the Happy Mondays, James and the Charlatans.
‘Set In Stone’ will also complement the publication of ‘Set In Stone’ ~ Ian Tilton’s Photographs of the Rise of The Stone Roses. The book, which will be published by Omnibus in the summer will feature around 400 photographs of the Stone Roses, including many previously unseen raritites. ‘Set In Stone’ will also see Ian reminiscing about his time spent with the band, revealing the stories behind the pictures.
“Capturing the moment, stealing the soul, and flashing it back in brutal black & white or expansive colour, Ian Tilton infuses his photos with a flair and a lust for life. Underlining them with distinctive bled borders, these are photographs that spit energy & vigour, mirroring a genuine love for the subject, which is all too rare in the increasingly hack media pool.” ~ John Robb